CEV Multimedia Announces Partnership with Benz School of Floral Design

Texas A&M University Department of Horticultural Sciences backs new Principles of Floral Design Certification

LUBBOCK, Texas (PRWEB) April 16, 2015

CEV Multimedia, a leading producer of Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum resources, announces its partnership with the Benz School of Floral Design at Texas A&M University to offer the Principles of Floral Design Certification. Delivered by iCEV, an online platform that produces and provides comprehensive educational content, and endorsed by the Benz School of Floral Design, the program presents major topics in floral arrangement techniques and trends.

The certification is comprised of 13 lessons that address key components of the floral business, including the history of floral design, flower identification, wedding & special arrangements and flower business management, to name a few. The Principles of Floral Design Certification is designed for students at the secondary and post-secondary levels interested in natural sciences and fine arts.

“This is a great opportunity for students to earn a unique floral design certification that aligns to a variety of interests and curriculum programs,” said Jeff Lansdell, president of CEV Multimedia. “By working with the Benz School of Floral Design, we continue to show our dedication to developing meaningful resources for students and educators in CTE programs across the country.”

Industry collaborations are playing an increasingly integral role in all CTE programs by offering hands-on training as students complete their program of study. Through iCEV, students enhance their career training with certifications from industry partners by completing regular coursework through a series of pre-built online CTE lessons and assessments.

“The principles and elements of design are the foundation and fundamental concepts of floral design and all art forms,” said Bill McKinley, Director of the Benz School of Floral Design. “Understanding these fundamental concepts can allow a student to grow in their appreciation of floral design and help them to quantify their personal aesthetics. The Benz School of Floral Design stresses the importance of principles and elements of design in all of its course curriculums, so this connection with CEV Multimedia is a logical extension of what we teach.”

The Benz School of Floral Design is the latest industry partner to join CEV Multimedia in offering certifications supporting CTE programs and initiatives. In addition to the Principles of Floral Design Certification, CEV Multimedia offers programs to earn Professional Communications, Meat Evaluation and Principles of Livestock Selection & Evaluation Certifications. CEV Multimedia is currently developing industry-backed certifications to expand education and support student success across multiple areas of CTE.

About CEV Multimedia
With 30 years of experience, CEV specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education and Career Exploration. CEV received the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award in 2012 and has been honored numerous times for its excellence in content creation and exemplary business practices. In 2012, CEV introduced iCEV, an online platform revolutionizing the way CEV produces and delivers educational content. iCEV is the most comprehensive online resource for CTE educators and students. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video clips stream instantly to any device with Internet capabilities. Through iCEV, students can earn industry-backed certifications across multiple areas of CTE that prepare them for college and beyond. For more information, visit http://www.icevonline.com.


Senate HELP Approval of K-12 Tech Amendment to ESEA Bill – A Victory for U.S. Students and 21st Century Learning 
Washington, DC (April 16, 2015) – Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking), today issued the following statement on the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee’s approval of the Innovative Technology Expands Children’s Horizon amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act – legislation to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act(ESEA):
“Members of the Senate HELP Committee have demonstrated their recognition of the vital role technology plays in modernizing teaching and learning. The bipartisan approved amendment provides a sustained federal committment for technology and related training in schools. It will ensure that underfunded districts and disadvantaged students obtain the required learning tools and support to better reach their potential in school, career and life.
“On behalf of K-12 school technology leaders nationwide, we especially thank U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for championing this measure and look forward to working closely with Congressional leaders to secure passage of the Every Child Achieves Act.”

About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and eventsadvocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.


Teachers Will Tune Up Their Skills in the Music City

Alexandria, VA (4/16/2015)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, will host thousands of educators to explore bold new directions in their teaching practice at the 2015 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence. Held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., June 26–28, the conference will bring together diverse teachers from around the globe to gain new strategies and solutions for making excellent teaching a reality in every classroom.

Over the two-and-a-half day conference, education experts and leaders will present attendees with effective practices that are currently working in schools and classrooms. Each session is designated with an audience type, audience level, and experience level to help attendees choose sessions that meet their specific and unique needs. Among the topics offered are motivating reluctant learners, building a network of support for teacher leaders, and increasing student achievement through school culture.

“The Conference on Teaching Excellence is where teacher learning takes center stage,” said Judy Seltz, ASCD executive director. “In order to help students grow and succeed, we must first give teachers the opportunity to grow. ASCD is proud to help teachers refine their skills and practice in order to better reach their students.”

ASCD authors such as Robyn Jackson, Jay McTighe, and Harvey F. Silver, along with ASCD Professional Learning Services faculty and leading educators from a variety of backgrounds, will lead more than 150 sessions and pre-conference institutes. On Friday, June 26, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., Robyn Jackson will give a Keynote Luncheon on the topic “How to Motivate Reluctant Learners.” Jackson will share real strategies to motivate students, address the biggest motivation mistakes educators can make, and more. The price for the luncheon is $45 per person. Register online atwww.ascd.org/CTEregister.

Attendees may also choose from four pre-conference institutes presented on June 25, before the Conference on Teaching Excellence begins. Pre-conference institutes include “Elementary Math Games: Engaging the Brain at School and at Home,” “Active Strategies for Differentiation in Middle and High School Classrooms,” and more. All pre-conference institutes will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Registration for the 2015 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence does not include registration to the pre-conference institutes.

Following a previous conference, Lynette Lewis, an instructional specialist from Prince George’s County, Md., said, “The Conference on Teaching Excellence was great! I was able to bring 20 teacher leaders from my county. We debriefed the following week and everyone was excited about what they had learned.”

Registration for the 2015 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence is $429 for ASCD members and $493 for nonmembers, and every fifth person attending from the same school or district will receive complimentary registration.

Attendees can connect and interact with each other during the event and take part in the conference conversation by using #ASCDCTE15 on Twitter.

For more information about ASCD conferences and institutes, visit ASCD online at www.ascd.org/conferences. To learn more about ASCD’s other programs, products, services, and memberships, visit www.ascd.org.



Mimio Introduces Touch-Enabled Interactive Projectors


New Functionality Fosters Greater Collaborative Learning Through

10-Point Touch Interactivity


Cambridge, MA – April 16, 2015Mimio is pleased to announce its innovative MimioProjector™ 280 projector family, which allows schools to bring interactive and touch technology to classrooms that don’t already have projectors. The enhanced MimioProjector 280 line can fit the needs of any classroom because it now offers educators three options: the conventional non-interactive 280 model, the pen-based interactive 280I model, and the touch-enabled 280T model. With touch technology added to the MimioProjector line, schools can now offer students the technology they are so familiar with outside of the classroom, to better engage them in learning.


With a brightness level of 3,100 lumens, all versions of the MimioProjector 280 series provide extremely vivid and compelling images, and the ultra-short-throw design reduces shadows on the whiteboard. Students can enjoy stunning visuals and audio – no need for separate speakers.


The 280I allows for the simultaneous use of up to 10 interactive pens, a significant increase in functionality over the dual-pen operations of previous models. The touch-based 280T supports up to ten simultaneous touch points – 10 single-touch points or 5 dual-touch points for gestures, using styli or fingers. With an interactive touch area as large as 100 inches diagonal, the 280T comfortably accommodates up to 10 students at the board, taking teachers and students to a new level of engagement.


“We offer a significantly greater number of touch points than our competitors do, allowing more students to simultaneously interact with the same projected activity,” said Stevan Vigneaux, director of product management for Mimio. “Working collaboratively with their peers can increase students’ learning and maximize the educational experience.”


LAN connectivity comes standard with all models, and all versions include a wall mount. The 280 model is field-upgradeable from non-interactive to interactive status, and from interactive to touch – without dismounting it. Setup is straightforward and easy for the interactive and touch systems. With a typical bulb life of 5000 hours, bulbs won’t need changing often, but they can easily be replaced without dismounting the devices.


“Adding a touch version of the MimioProjector to our other product offerings – MimioDisplay™ touch display and MimioBoard™ touch board – is just one more way Mimio continues to innovate in bringing touch technology to front-of-the-class learning tools,” said Rick Bigelow, Mimio’s CEO.

About Mimio

Mimio is a global leader in interactive teaching technologies that offer a better way to learn and an empowering way to teach. A portfolio company of Skyview Capital, Mimio creates award-winning, innovative, and affordable hardware and software that increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement in K-12 classrooms. For more information, visit www.mimio.com. Follow Mimio on Twitter @MimioTechnology and “Like” us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Mimio.Technology.